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With their versatile blend of classic hard rock and punchy alt-pop with a thin metal veneer, Motor City rockers Sponge caught fire during the post-grunge boom of the mid-'90s via modern rock radio hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (Sixteen Candles)." Despite being wrapped in the fuzzy guitars and brooding intensity that typified grunge music, the band had a knack for jangly riffs and catchy, anthemic hard rock hooks. Sponge hit their commercial peak in 1996 with the release of their sophomore effort, Wax Ecstatic which, like their 1994 debut Rotting Pinata, went gold. While the band's popularity waned in the 2000s, they continued to forge ahead via hard-hitting late career efforts like Galore Galore and Stop the Bleeding. While their sound remained steeped in classic and alternative rock, they did begin to incorporate more pop elements with the release of 1999's New Pop Sunday. Their sonic attack remained largely uniform, but founder and frontman Vinnie Dombrowski would serve as Sponge's sole constant member throughout their tenure. Sponge grew out of a Detroit-based hard rock act called Loudhouse, which released an album on the Virgin label in 1988 before losing its record contract and disbanding shortly thereafter. Drummer-turned-vocalist Vinnie Dombrowski (born Mark Dombrowski) and guitarists Mike Cross and Joey Mazzola regrouped as Sponge in 1992, adding Mike's brother Tim Cross on bass and Jimmy Paluzzi on drums. Adapting their '70s hard rock influences to fit the grunge zeitgeist, the bandmates earned a major-label deal with Columbia and released their debut album, Rotting Pinata, in late 1994. Initially, critics compared Sponge to Stone Temple Pilots, but alternative radio embraced the band's first two singles: the driving rocker "Plowed" and the jangly, introspective "Molly (Sixteen Candles)." A third single, "Rainin'," also earned airplay, and Rotting Pinata went gold; meanwhile, Sponge went on tour as Live's opening act. With new drummer Charlie Grover in tow, their 1996 follow-up album, Wax Ecstatic, was a more diverse affair, rediscovering some of the band's roots in arena rock, British glam, and jangle pop. Even though singles like "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)," "I Am Anastasia," and "Have You Seen Mary" enjoyed radio airplay, Columbia was dissatisfied with the sales figures and dropped Sponge once the album left the charts. Undaunted, Sponge signed a new deal with the Beyond label, which released the more classicist New Pop Sunday in 1999. It attracted little commercial attention, and more personnel shifts ensued. Tired of touring, the Cross brothers both left and were replaced by guitarist Kurt Marschke and bassist Tim Krukowski; Billy Adams also came on board as the new drummer. After several years of recharging -- during which time Dombrowski played in several Detroit-area side projects -- Sponge returned with For All the Drugs in the World in 2003 and The Man in 2005. Dombrowski reworked the lineup once again, this time adding guitarists Kyle Neely and Andy Patalan, before returning again to the studio in 2007 to record Galore Galore for Bellum Records. Two years later, there was another lineup shift -- Tim Patalan became the group's bassist -- and they released an EP called Destroy the Boy. A full-length called Stop the Bleeding arrived four years later via Three One Three Records; the LP contained all of the 2009 EP plus new songs, including a twisted cover of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle." In 2017, the band partnered with Michigan Brewers and PledgeMusic for their eighth full-length outing, The Beer Sessions, which Dombrowski called "a celebration of independent music and incredible Michigan beer." ~ Steve Huey
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Plowed
  3.   Molly (Sixteen Candles)
  4.   Go, Speed Racer, Go! by Disney
  5.   Come in from the Rain
  6.   Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)
  7.   My Baby Said
  8.   Rotting Piñata
  9.   Life's Bitter Pills
  10.   Wasted
  11.   Skill of the Kill
  12.   No DOA on Sunday
  13.   Party Till We Drop
  14.   Through the Hard Times (Before the End)
  15.   Love & Roses
  16.   Velveteen
  17.   Fields
  18.   Miles
  19.   The Death of a Drag Queen
  20.   I Wanna Lose
  21.   Pennywheels
  22.   Song for the End of the World
  23.   Falling for the Girls
  24.   Alcohol and Speed
  25.   Dare to Breathe
  26.   Lackluster Love
  27.   Dig My Own Grave
  28.   Hard to Keep My Cool
  29.   Time Bomb USA
  30.   Flop
  31.   I Did It Without the Drugs
  32.   All the Drugs in the World
  33.   Glue
  34.   The Man
  35.   Suicide Away
  36.   Punch in the Nose
  37.   Dandelions Roar
  38.   Unpopular Girl
  39.   28 Days
  40.   Treat Me Wrong
  41.   All This and Nothing
  42.   Have You Seen Mary
  43.   Silence Is Their Drug
  44.   Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)
  45.   Giants
  46.   Neenah Menasha
  47.   Drownin'
  48.   Rainin'
  49.   My Purity
  50.   Born to Be Wild
  51.   Feels Like Love
  52.   Great Big Flop
  53.   The Whores Are Closing In
  54.   Got to Be a Bore
  55.   Break on Through
  56.   Someone to Talk To
  57.   What Are Good Friends For
  58.   Get Down and Assume the Position
  59.   Laughing at Me
  60.   Love's a Killer
  61.   Fell in Deep
  62.   Wake Up
  63.   Stormens Öga
  64.   Dead and Buried
  65.   Fight Your Way Outta the Room
  66.   Broken
  67.   Turn to Shit
  68.   Sick of It All
  69.   2 X 4
  70.   Jump While the House Is on Fire
  71.   Time in a Bottle
  72.   Dance Floor
  73.   Before the End
  74.   [Untitled]
  75.   Shittier Day Than Me
  76.   Unlucky
  77.   Lucifer in Las Vegas
  78.   Sanitarium
  79.   Burn
  80.   Once in a Blue Moon
  81.   Walk in My Shoes
  82.   Candy Corn
  83.   Screamin Scott Intro
  84.   What Were You Doing Outside If You Didn't Like the Rain
  85.   Higher, Pt. 2
  86.   Talk to You
  87.   Leave This World
  88.   My Generation
  89.   Turn out the Lights
  90.   Ugly on the Inside
  91.   Lead
  92.   Fade from View
  93.   Star
  94.   Lose Yourself
  95.   Imagine You
  96.   Higher, Pt. 1
  97.   Destroy the Boy
  98.   Fame and Glory
  99.   Fed to the Dogs
  100.   Back Against the Wall
  101.   I Am Anastasia
  102.   The Drag Queens of Memphis
  103.   How Much Do You Think of Love
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